Is the Torah a connection to the Land of Israel?

We need to become better Jews and better people, so that B'har's uplifting message will always be enough for us.

Phil Chernofsky,

Torah scroll in Meah Shearim
Torah scroll in Meah Shearim
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Small Parshat B'har gives us a strong link between the Torah and Eretz Yisrael. Announcing that G-d spoke to Moshe at Har Sinai and then proceeding with Eretz Yisrael mitzvot, is a statement on its own.

If says to us that G-d took us out of Egypt, gave us the Torah at Har Sinai and is expecting us to continue with His plan - the plan he spoke to Moshe about at the Burning Bush and the one that Moshe clarified for us at the beginning of Parshat Va'eira. Exodus, Torah, Eretz Yisrael.

Parshat B'har shows us what G-d expects of us and what He promises us when we keep the Torah and observe the Mitzvot in Eretz Yisrael.

Many good things. We can listen to B'har with a smile on our faces and faith and trust in G-d in our hearts.

And that good feeling will be with us all of Shabbat, so to speak.

Until we get to next week's reading.

Actually, B'chukotai starts off on the same positive tone (and note - anagrams) as all of B'har.

But a dozen of so p'sukim into B'chukotai, G-d's mood (again, we say, so to speak) changes. One feel's G-d's smile fading (sts), when He needs to tell us what happens if we don't listen to Him.

Not only are His words harsh, but even just the idea that He had to say those things to us, is not a good thing.

We should be the individuals and the People, we are committed to listen to G-d, to follow His Torah, and the complete Jewish way of life - motivated by Ahavat HaShem. He shouldn't need to warn us and to threaten us. Just telling us what He wants of us should be enough.

Sadly, it isn't enough. Has never really been enough. But we need to change. We need to become better Jews and better people, so that B'har's uplifting message will always be enough for us, and we should never need TOCHACHA.








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